Autographs: From Doug to Dunninger!

This autograph comes from the collection of Michael Whitecar and features what can be called a true meeting of the magical minds! Joseph Dunninger (1892-1975), was not only a popular magician of his time, but a master debunker of fraudulent spiritualists and mediums. A friend of Houdini, Dunninger spent a good part of his life…

Playbill-16 Cast Albums That Aren’t Available to Stream

“The Magic Show” gets a quick, but nice shout out in this new online article from Playbill.com. The article  features cast albums that notoriously aren’t on steaming and other online platforms.  It’s a nice mention as you can see below: From “The Wiz” to “Promises, Promises,” it’s a quick read and a great 16 part…

1984 San Francisco Orpheum Theatre Playbill

This recent purchase of mine was too good not to post on the site. The Orpheum Theater, located at 1192 Market Street in San Francisco, was originally built in 1926. It still stands today as one of the city’s premiere places for theatre, music, and culture.  For those keeping track, this particular run of the…

Fisher Theater Tour Program

Doug fan Doug Gary Killops recently sent me this vintage program and related this encounter with Doug after the show: “Going through a few old boxes and came across this Doug Henning program. I got it when I saw his show in Detroit at the Fisher Theatre, which must have been in the early 1980s….

From the Playbill Archives: (New) Merlin Interview

Well, it’s not often that you get some new Doug Henning news in your Google feed. However, that’s exactly what happened today when Playbill.com dug into their archives for this vintage article from the opening of “Merlin.” As you would imagine, Doug talks enthusiastically about the show and its illusions. What else would you expect?…

New Playbill “Magic Show” Article

For those seeking new Doug content look no further than “Playbill’s” mini retrospective on the “Magic Show” that was posted this past Friday.  It’s a quick rundown of the show’s history, musical highlights, and how it’s sadly one of the more unknown Stephen Schwartz scores.   There’s even a great clip of Carol Burnett and Cher…

1965 Focus on Hocus Program

“Focus on Hocus” seems to be a little known and very early performance in Doug’s career. Taking place on September 4, 1965, an eighteen year old Doug shared the bill with many professional magicians of the day in a show rightfully billed as an “International Magicians Extravaganza!” It’s also worth noting that Micky Hades is…

Doug Henning and Walter B. Gibson

The above image once again hails from the fine auction house of “Potter & Potter.” It’s from their upcoming June 16th David Baldwin auction, and in my opinion is a rare find indeed. The inscription reads: “To Walter Gibson–My favorite magical author. Magically yours, Doug Henning” Doug signed many autographs in his life, but this…